East Texas Athlete Still Interested

Tyler Grace Prep ATH Kade Clayton talks about SMU and more inside!

Torn ACL's haven't kept SMU from recruiting prospects in the past.

And the Mustangs accepted a commitment from Florida defensive back William Jeanlys this year so it's not farfetched to say they will still honor their offer to Tyler Grace Prep athlete Kade Clayton, who suffered his gruesome injury on Friday night.

"I got the ball and went down the middle. I planted my left leg and tried to make a cut, and I just felt something go out of socket," he said. "They said it was my ACL, and I was just devastated."

But it might not be his injury that prevents him from becoming a Pony.

With the 2014 class at 16, there aren't many spaces remaining. The two-star prospect was primarily being recruited as a slot receiver, but it appears SMU is full at the position with the verbal pledges of Jordan Ingram and Shelby Walker. He also hasn't heard from defensive line coach Bert Hill in while.

"I haven't talked to Coach Hill in over a month," he said. "When I've talked to him in the past, he's seemed really cool and real, but I haven't heard much from him lately. So I don't know exactly where I stand."

Despite the lack of contact, Clayton still remains interested in what SMU has to offer.

"If he started to show strong interest again, I would definitely be interested," he said. "I would say my interest level in SMU is still pretty high. I like the coaching staff and the offense. I've alo been to the campus, and it's really nice. The academics are great too."

The 6-foot-1, 180-pounder, who rushed for 1,511 yards, caught 26 passes for 502 yards and scored 32 total touchdowns last season, also holds offers from Texas State and Old Dominion, which is his favorite school at the moment.

Clayton added that he isn't sure if he'll visit SMU but does have plans to visit Old Dominion in the next couple of months.

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